In January, Congress renewed the 25C tax credits for energy-efficient heating and cooling equipment, as well as some home improvements. If you had been thinking about a system replacement, this was welcome news. But you may not have rushed out to get that new system, because you had a whole year to act. Well, the better part of 2013 is behind us, and if you’ve delayed your purchase, now’s the time to act. The tax credits for these energy-efficient upgrades is set to expire on Dec. 31. Before you go out, though, familiarize yourself with the details of this credit.
Keep in mind that not all Energy Star products qualify for a federal tax credit. Although it is true that Energy Star products are designed to provide consumers with substantial savings over a period of time, some don’t meet the very high standards specified in the tax credit provisions. Here are some of the eligibility requirements:
- Gas furnaces with an annual fuel utilization efficiency of 95 percent or greater are eligible for a 10 percent credit of up to $150.
- A split-system air conditioner with a minimum seasonal energy efficiency ratio of 16 can qualify for a 10 percent tax credit of up to $300.
- An air-source heat pump with a minimum 15 SEER and a heating seasonal performance factor of 8.5 can qualify for a $300 credit.
You can also qualify for a credit if you make energy efficiency upgrades to your insulation, roof, windows and doors. Some hot-water equipment also qualifies. You can find more information about qualifying equipment at EnergyStar.gov. Also talk with your HVAC-system professional, who knows all the ins and outs of the tax-credit program.
Have questions about the 25C tax credits? Contact Comfort Systems for all the information you need. We have been providing expert HVAC and plumbing services to Wichita-area homeowners since 1956, and we are Wichita’s only locally based home-warranty company.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in Wichita, Kansas about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about federal tax credits and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.